Tomorrow I fly to Florida for a little bird chasing with my good friend Audrey Whitlock. I'll fly into Orlando and drive to Melbourne for a try at the Masked Duck that's been at the Viera Wetlands. I would have gotten a nice late morning start to my birding, but the snow storm inflicted on Norfolk today has meant a delay in my early departure tomorrow. All part of the Great Adventure. The La Sagra's Flycatcher that's been on Key Biscayne is the other target. I realize that this bird chase is a departure from my well thought out itinerary, but my car tragedy has apparently tilted me toward a bit of reckless abandon. We'll have to see how it works out. Of course I'll come back with a bushel basket full of new birds. But most all of those will be species we'll pick up in April on our "scheduled" Florida run. It is true that Short-tailed Hawk is easier in winter than spring, and it has been true that Flamingos have been easier in winter. Apparently the latter is not true this winter, but Audrey and I will give it a go at Snake Bite (Bight). Maybe we'll stumble onto a Key West Quail-Dove like the one that was along the trail a couple of decades ago. Anyway, I'll post from Florida. So if you stay tuned, you'll find out how it goes. BTW I apologize for no posting yesterday. That's right! There's nothing wrong with your computer; there simply was no Bob's Birds for Jan 29.